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Alligator gar fish

Source: DTE

 Context: Recently, a non-native alligator gar fish, known for its crocodile-like head and razor-sharp teeth, was found in one of Kashmir’s idyllic lakes, raising apprehensions about its impact on the native fish species.


About Alligator gar fish:

  • Alligator Gar Fish is a ray-finned euryhaline fish and is one of the biggest freshwater fish in North America and the largest species in the ‘gar’ family.
  • This predator fish has an alligator-like head and razor-sharp teeth. It was also found in some parts of India like Bhopal, Kerala and from waterbodies of Maharashtra and Kolkata.
  • IUCN status is the least concerned.